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Adranos cuts ribbon on Mississippi Solid Rocket Complex in Stone County

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www.wxxv25.com – Janae Jordan – 2022-08-30 15:05:28

Adranos, Inc., a start up manufacturer of solid rocket motors, cut the ribbon on its Mississippi Solid Rocket Complex in today.

Founded in 2015, Adranos designs, develops, tests, and produces solid rocket motors for space launch and national security applications.

The Mississippi solid rocket complex serves as Adranos’ motor design and manufacturing hub.

The campus is more than 450 acres and has over 60,000 square feet for solid rocket motor manufacturing, design, and storage.

Around 50 people attended this morning’s ribbon cutting in Stone County with…

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South Mississippi creek alligator bites teenager

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rssfeeds.hattiesburgamerican.com – Mississippi Clarion Ledger – 2022-07-06 21:00:04

A Mississippi teenager was recently bitten by an in a creek in .

According to Ricky Flynt, Alligator Program coordinator for the , , two boys were at a popular recreational spot on Red Creek at MS 26 in on June 13.

A 4-foot alligator swam toward them and one of the boys was able to get out of the water,…

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Stone County man convicted of sex crime against minor

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www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2022-05-27 11:18:57

A jury deliberated just 35 minutes before finding a man guilty of a sex against a child.

67-year-old Michael Alexander was convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes.

The victim testified that Alexander, a family friend, would take her to baseball games and take her hunting and fishing. She said he used those events as an opportunity to molest her. He also moltested her at his home and at his…

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Stone County Career Tech groundbreaking

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www.wxxv25.com – Janae Jordan – 2022-05-09 17:51:06

The School District broke ground on the new career technical education center.

The district applied for funding from the Gulf Coast Restoration Fund, which came from the $2.4 billion BP oil spill settlement with the state.

Stone County School District received both halves for the $8 million facility after Mississippi legislature allotted another $3.2 million in funding in 2020.

Twenty acres of land each were…

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CASA holds Pinwheel Garden Ceremony for Child Abuse Prevention Month

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www.wxxv25.com – Sabria Reid – 2022-04-13 22:25:07

CASA of Harrison and Stone Counties planted 56 pinwheels, one for each child currently in the foster care system as of March 1st.

Local leaders and community members reflect on the lives they hope to change for the better day to day.

Right in front of the Courthouse, pinwheels blow in the wind, reminding the community of children in the foster care system. Youth Court Judge Sean Courtney said, “It’s hard…

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Enviva is officially coming to Stone County

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www.wxxv25.com – Ashleigh Fortenberry – 2022-04-05 17:26:03

Enviva has a new home. The large sustainable wood company specializing in making wood pellets is coming to .

The highly anticipated announcement came this morning during an event at the Stone County Courthouse attended by Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, community members, and representatives from Enviva.

Enviva is officially coming to Stone County. Governor Tate Reeves was on-hand at the Stone County…

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Enviva wood pellet plant to bring $250 million investment to South Mississippi

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Enviva wood pellet plant to bring $250 million investment to South Mississippi

Industrial wood pellet manufacturer, Enviva, announced plans Tuesday to open a new production plant in Bond as the company’s fourth Mississippi location. 

The company says it will have about 100 local workers in the plant and is investing $250 million in the project. 

Enviva makes wood pellets that are shipped all over the world and burned to produce power as an alternative to fossil fuels. 

“Enviva has worked closely with state and local officials, delivering new investments, positive economic impact and strong support for the local communities,” John Keppler, the company’s CEO, said in a statement. “Our new plant in Bond is an integral part of Enviva’s growth strategy, which includes doubling production capacity over the next five years.” 

The Bond plant is expected to open in 2024. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.

Enviva has existing manufacturing plants in Armory and Lucedale and a marine terminal at the Port of

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing the company $4 million in grants for site development and infrastructure. The new plant is also certified under the state’s Advantage Jobs Rebate program, which gives companies yearly tax breaks based on the number of jobs they provide with higher-than-average salaries. 

Stone County’s economic development office said it is still negotiating the terms of the incentive package used to attract the Maryland company to the new site.

Enviva says plant jobs, which range from equipment workers and supervisors to mechanics and electricians, will be paid different rates. The company declined to specify its wages but said they’ll be “competitive in the market.”

“Stone County was founded on the timber industry more than a hundred years ago,” Stone County Board of Supervisors President Lance Pearson said in a statement. “ With the announcement of Enviva, we have an opportunity to produce a record number of new jobs because of the plentiful resources in Stone County.” 

Enviva says it will source low-value wood within 75 miles of the facility from privately owned forests. It operates 10 wood pellet plants across the Southeast and plans to produce 13 million metric tons of the pellets annually within the next five years. 

The new Mississippi site is off Highway 49. It was selected in collaboration with Gov. Tate Reeves, the state development authority and local officials.

Wood pellet plants have been increasingly opening in the South as means to support growing demands out of Europe for renewable energy. While the companies that make the pellets describe themselves as a clean energy source, critics say production can lead to air pollution and deforestation. 

Last year, one of Enviva competitors in Mississippi – Drax Biomass – was fined $2.5 million for its rate of air pollution emissions. Residents near Enviva facilities in other states have complained about air quality and constant noise, Scalawag, Southerly and Environmental Health reported in 2020.

Enviva says the new plant will have “industry-leading emission controls” and will take measures to buffer the noisiest parts of the milling process. 

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Gulfport man sentenced in sexual battery of a child case

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www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2022-01-20 12:12:26

 

A man was sentenced to 40 years in prison during a hearing in after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery of a child.

Judge Randi P. Mueller sentenced Joshua David Hollon, 37, of Gulfport to 40 years but suspended 10 of those years. Hollon will serve the 30 years without chance of early release or parole.

After his release from prison, Hollon will serve 10 years of post-release…

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Stone County residents talk to supervisors about proposed pellet plant

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www.wxxv25.com – Ashleigh Fortenberry – 2022-01-19 07:35:00

Enviva, a world-leading bioenergy company, could call home, exciting many residents, but leaving others wary.

Residents on both sides of the argument voiced their opinions in a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday in Wiggins.

“The ones who are in favor are because of the jobs it creates, the growth and the tax base it brings to Stone County, ” said Board President Lance Pearson. “But then there are…

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Auditor’s Office arrests Former Circuit Clerk of Stone County

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www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff

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JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested former Circuit Clerk Jeffrey O’Neal after he was indicted on four counts of embezzlement in Stone County.

A $335,353.61 demand letter was presented to O’Neal when he was arrested. This amount includes…

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